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Empirical Management Explored: Evidence-Based Management for Software Organizations

- Gunther Verheyen
in Resources, Community Publications

The complexity and the creative nature of software development make it a highly fascinating, yet quite unpredictable business. Scrum employs empiricism, systematic inspection and adaptation, to deal with the unpredictability typical to software development. The empirical process is a much better fit for the work than the traditional, predictive approach.

Empiricism is also a pillar of ‘Evidence-Based Management’. Inspired by the proven results in medical practice, managers in product-development organizations are making the shift from predictive management, where plans and predictions prevail, to empirical management, where evidence is used for better decision-making.

Scrum.org, which has Scrum as its DNA and empiricism as a guiding principle, provides guidance for ‘Evidence-Based Management’ for software organizations.

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peter.jetter
peter.jetter posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 12:10 PM Permalink to this Comment
Hello Gunther, can you please "specify by example", which medical practices implement evidence-based Management?
As biologist, i experienced a wide range of medical practices and i would say they span a whole spectrum from hard-core SixSigma production to heuristics for dealing with the unknown (and complex adaptive systems)

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